Nov 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, Ph.D.

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The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours including a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation. In general, each three-credit-hour course represents three lecture hours per week. Credit hours are shown in parentheses after each entry.

Degree Requirements

Health Sciences Core (12 Credit Hours)

(5 required courses)

Required Courses

Research/Statistics Core (12 Credit Hours)

(3 required and 1 elective from the 5 listed courses)

Required Courses

  • CNHP 8030 - Research Method and Design in Health Professions 3 Credit Hours
  • CNHP 8040 - Biostatistics I 3 Credit Hours
  • CNHP 8045 - Biostatistics II 3 Credit Hours


Concentration Specific Required Core Courses (at least 4 from the listed courses in each concentration):

Total Credit Hour Requirement: 60 Credit Hours

Doctoral Advisory Committee

As is the tradition in Ph.D. programs, the Ph.D. plan of study for each student is guided by the student’s doctoral advisory committee, which is selected during the student’s first year of attendance. The doctoral advisory committee members will be chosen from the full list of faculty members associated with the program with a minimum of three committee members. The primary contact for the Ph.D. student is the chair of the doctoral advisory committee, who also serves as the chair of the student’s dissertation committee. The student’s doctoral advisory committee guides all aspects of the student’s program and is responsible for approving when the student is eligible to take the preliminary examination and the prospectus defense. (* This may vary based on concentration-specific requirements)

Doctoral Dissertation Committee

The Doctoral Dissertation Committee is selected after the student has successfully completed the preliminary examination. This committee will recommend the student to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. Committee members will guide the student during the dissertation process and judge the acceptability of the dissertation. The committee will also judge the acceptability of the validation defense of the dissertation.

The Doctoral Dissertation Committee will consist of a minimum of three members. The doctoral dissertation committee chair must hold an earned research doctorate and be graduate research faculty or the equivalent. The Doctoral Dissertation Committee may consist of some or all of the same individuals from the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee, or the student may select a committee of new individuals to constitute the Doctoral Dissertation Committee.

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